The German budget committee allocated Friday (November 11) during a settlement meeting EUR 9 million for developing the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Hamburg and EUR 3 million to set up the German Maritime Research Centre in the city. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft’s basic funding has been increased by EUR 60 million allowing it to set up new fields of research. Hamburg is already holding talks on admitting institutes specialising in nano research and 3D print in the city to the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.
Promoting exchange of commerce and science
“That’s good news from Berlin. I’m delighted by the increased funds for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. The confirmed financing will be another tailwind for Germany as a scientific location,” said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science. Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, stressed: “Innovations are key to future-orientated economic policies. The location will only remain forward-looking, if we manage to develop and concentrate creativity and the exchange of economics and science here.” From 2017, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg will share part of the financing borne by the German government and the states.
Use of new production technologies
Aviation in particular is likely to benefit from the funding, according to the Economic Authority. Apart from existing DLR facilities in Fuhlsbüttel und Harburg, more research will be conducted into systems architecture in aviation and maintenance and repair concepts complementing the Hamburg-based Airbus und Lufthansa Technik. The use of Industry 4.0 and new production technologies in both sectors will also play a key role.
Engines of economic growth
An agreement was also reached on setting up the German Maritime Research centre in Hamburg. Shipping and marine technology are to become important engines for successful economic growth as well as creating and retaining jobs. Such a centre could improve the efficiency of existing research infrastructure in research facilities and universities, boost innovation in the maritime sector and send impulses for commerce in the regions.